Cambodia is a country abundant in natural wonders with 23 conservation areas and seven national parks, over 20% of Cambodia is protected area. As tourism is such a vital part of the Cambodian economy, ecotourism is more important than ever to protect the country’s delicate environment, while still providing jobs and income for local communities throughout.
The Cambodia Remote Hideout Huts competition is a collaboration with The Vine Retreat, a health and wellness retreat, located in the idyllic rural countryside between Phnom Vour Mountain and the south coast of Cambodia. For this competition, participants are asked to design a series of self-sustained hideout huts to be located in The Vine Retreat.
Each hut should be able to accommodate two people, offering them simple and humble living conditions during their stay. The hut’s main purpose is to give guests a chance to live completely isolated within a community-based concept, allowing them the option to retreat on their own while still enjoying the facilities within The Vine Retreat.
As The Vine Retreat is well known as an ecological retreat – and in order to support the country’s desire to grow ecotourism – designs for the new complex should focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques, with the potential to become an example of green building practice in Cambodia.
There will be an infrastructure in place that provides access to a water supply from solar pumps, solar electricity and a sewage system. The huts can be constructed out of any material, however if they are made from wood the foundations would need to be either concrete or metal to prevent any insect infestation.
Competitions winners will be put forward for consideration for construction, with remote hideout huts planned throughout the property. Therefore winning designs will need to be adaptable to different environments while still utilising best practices for eco-friendly construction and operation.
3 winning proposals, 3 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:
1st Prize – 5,000 €
2nd Prize – 2,000 €
3rd Prize – 1,000 €
“The Vine Retreat Favourite” Award – 1,000 €
ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
Bee Breeders Green Award – 500 € + 6 honourable mentions